from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small (usually stationary) bell, used as a signal to summon an attendant, etc. A common form consists of a stationary hand-bell which is rung by means of a clapper pivoted at one end, and acted on by means of a vertical plunger. Also called bell-call.


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  • He pressed the call-bell twice, and a moment later Dede Mason entered.

    Chapter VI

  • The stationary range, hot and cold water, dumb-waiter, speaking tubes, and call-bell for the janitor pleased her very much.

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  • And there a few minutes later he had connected the wires to a call-bell on a ledge immediately behind the table at which he worked.

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  • Lindsey, flinging a laughter-helpless arm across a call-bell, rang an inadvertent summons to the steward that cost him the price of the drinks and gave Terry a breathing spell.

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  • The call-bell has nothing to do with the telephone.

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  • Laurent twirled the milled button of the call-bell which stood upon the desk.

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  • With the assurance of one whose right to do was unquestioned, Farrel took his seat at the head of the table and reached for the little silver call-bell beside his plate, while Parker took an unaccustomed seat opposite the potato baron.

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  • And in so doing she knocked over the call-bell on the stand, and almost immediately she heard Olga moving about.

    A Poor Wise Man

  • Before the cover is finally put in place, the pneumograph is tested, stethoscope connections are tested to see if the pulse can be heard, the rectal thermometer connections are tested, and the telephone, call-bell, and electric light are all put in good working order.

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  • "One of the first things he did after the inauguration," said Col.P. M. Pearsall, his private secretary, "was to detach the call-bell from his desk to my desk; whenever he wanted me he would ring for Joe, the negro servant, and call me."

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